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International dysphagia diet standardization initiative (IDDSI) - dysphagia diet and liquid framework for people with difficulty swallowing. Perfect example of collaboration in dysphagia management.

IDDSI Resources

INTERNATIONAL DYSPHAGIA DIET STANDARDISATION INITIATIVE (IDDSI) IDDSI Resources complied by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of Changing the world to this new dysphagia diet global standard will be no simple feat. However, it is crucial that we set goals for our facilities now in order to meet the implementation goal of January 1, 2019. The safety of people with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) depends on this standardization. In an effort to make IDDSI easily […]

@ on the keyboard can remind us of Advocacy for our patients, our field of Speech-Language Pathology, and for ourselves.

Advocacy in Dysphagia & Beyond (#ASHA16)

Introduction to Advocacy: Whether you work in the trauma ICU or in long-term care, advocating for your patients can feel like your full-time job (not to mention advocating for your department, your job and career, and for yourself). A nurse mentioned the other day how she has to constantly question and speak out on behalf of her patients. She joked: “no wonder I go home exhausted.” She said she started work one day telling herself: […]

Latest news from the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course, 2016

DRS Digest (News from Dysphagia Research Society 2016)

The field of dysphagia is young, and every year the Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course provide a wealth of exciting new research. You may be following #DRS2016 on Twitter (scroll past the Dr Seuss day tweets using our hashtag). Have you also checked out the Facebook posts by @DysphagiaResearchSociety and @SwallowStudySLP?  This DRS Digest will share more highlights that may affect how you practice tomorrow and in the future. Just last week, I […]

There is always a reason to smile, says the picture. Learning something new, like the ICD-10-CM may make you cry, but laughter is the best medicine!

ICD-10-CM Dysphagia: After Heartburn & Before Flatulence!

ICD-10-CM Dysphagia (R13): After Heartburn & Before Flatulence! By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of Have you sat through hours of coursework yet for the new ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modification) and ICD-10-PCS (Procedure Coding System)? After 2 1/2 hours of training, I was inspired to investigate further! Do you believe me? What really happened: I was preparing a blog about all the ways to classify pneumonia, and I thought I would check on how pneumonia […]

True learning requires training and experience.

Dysphagia Training: Are You Ready for Dysphagia?

Are SLP Graduates Ready for Careers in Dysphagia by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of There has been quite a buzz in social media, or should I say quite a tweet, wondering: Are we preparing our graduate students well enough for careers as medical speech-language pathologists, who may spend the majority of their day evaluating and treating dysphagia? I have been discussing this important issue with #SLPeeps, like Yvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Rinki […]

# Dysphagia Awareness Month

Why do we Need a Dysphagia Awareness Month? by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of (June 2015) May was the American Speech and Hearing Association’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (#BHSM, @AHSAweb on Twitter and ASHA on Facebook). See my Better Hearing and Speech Month blog from 2014. In May 2015 there were 1,076 tweets under the hashtag #BHSM! Yes, I counted them. All great resources. Way to go Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)! We rock! Of […]

Inferior surface of brain where cranial nerves exit brainstem

Crazy Cranial Nerves and Swallowing

Cranial Nerves and Swallowing / Voice by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of The cranial nerves look so beautiful exiting the brainstem in these pictures! Why do they have to be so hard to memorize? It is so important for Speech-Language Pathologists to understand the sensory and motor aspects of cranial nerves and swallowing, speech and voice function. Do you need help studying the cranial nerves at school? Do you need a chart that you […]

New resources for clinicians and patients

Don’t look like the clinician in this picture!   Check out drop down menus under Clinician Resources and Patient Handouts for help with the alphabet soup of NOMS, FCMs, G-Codes, as well as patient education materials. There are also helpful links and phone numbers to give to your patients who need to prepare modified diets and/or order thickened liquids at home. Clinician and patient links are under the drop-down menus above. Please share the blog […]